A bill which seeks to allow gay and
lesbian couples to marry and adopt children has advanced in
According to the Luxemburger
Wort, the marriage bill, first introduced in 2012, cleared
the Luxembourg parliament's legal affairs committee on Wednesday.
A vote in parliament is expected to
take place sometime in June, or as the paper put it “after the
Pentecost holidays and before the summer.”
The bill received wide support in the
legal affairs committee. Representatives from the conservative ADR
Party stood alone in their opposition.
Gay couples are currently allowed to
marry in 8 European Union (EU) countries, including the Netherlands,
Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, France and the UK.
Luxembourg's openly gay prime minister,
Xavier Bettel, the leader of the Democratic Party, has previously
said he expects the nation will have marriage equality in 2014.